Civil rights advocacy group; Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, (HURIWA), on Thursday, slammed the Minister of State for Labour and Employment; Festus Keyamo, for saying the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal will clear the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu of all allegations brought against him by Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) and Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
HURIWA, in a statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, slammed the so-called spokesman for the Tinubu campaign for preempting the courts as if the ruling party already has the courts in their pockets.
On Tuesday, the former governor of Anambra State filed another suit at the election tribunal challenging the declaration of Tinubu by INEC who he said “was not duly elected by the majority of the lawful votes cast at the time of the election.”
The former Anambra State governor claimed there was rigging in 11 states including Rivers, Lagos, Taraba, Benue, Adamawa, Imo, Bauchi, Borno, Kaduna, and Plateau, adding that he would demonstrate this in the declaration of results based on the uploaded results.
Reacting to his petition in a post via his verified handle on Wednesday, Keyamo said that all the deceit, lies, and disinformation about simple and clear issues would be busted in the court.
He wrote, “I am excited about the issues raised in those Election Petitions. All the deceit & lies & disinformation & misinformation about otherwise very simple and clear issues are about to be busted by our Law Lords. Whoever continues to argue after that should relocate to another planet?
“Nigerians will finally see a huge difference between calm, dispassionate adjudication of issues and all the hoopla caused by garrulous spokespersons shaking and falling on stage, ignorant TV hosts turned debaters, misinformed documentaries, illiterate tweeps, and some dancing Hijabi mamas.”
HURIWA’s Onwubiko stated, “The statement by the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, is totally condemnable. We rebuke the loquacious Keyamo. Is he insinuating that the judiciary is now in the pockets of APC? We demand to know why he has already leaked the judgment of litigation that is yet to start.
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“We also charge the Supreme Court once again to redeem its image and not be a cash-and-carry platform to window-dress corrupt politicians who rigged their ways through elections.”
March 23, 2023
Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko
National Coordinator – HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA.